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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March to recognize the achievements and contributions that all women have made throughout history. This years theme honors women who advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

As we celebrate women’s history month, it’s important that we share the stories of women who have positively impacted our society. Women’s History Month is celebrated in March to recognize the contributions of women in American history. Women’s History Month began as a day celebration in 1909. Then, “more than seven decades later, Congress in 1981 established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month” (Census). 

“We celebrate Women’s History Month to remind everyone of the achievements of women throughout the years in our culture and society, and why it’s important to study them and their important moments in history. From science to politics to entertainment, it is a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change”, stated Andrea Wurzburger, writer for People. 

Every year, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) designates a theme for Women’s History Month. For 2024, their chosen theme focuses on “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” NWHA states, “The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.” 

NWHA continues, “it takes courage for women to advocate for practical goals like equity, diversity and inclusion when established forces aim to misinterpret, exploit or discredit them.” 

In honor of this month, it’s important to reflect on the women you look up to, whether a friend, family member or an influential figure. Many women in the world have worked hard to improve the lives of many; here are some examples of women who fit this year’s theme for Women’s History Month:

Harriet Tubman. Tubman was born into slavery and escaped to freedom in the North in 1849. She became the most famous “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, risking her life to lead many slaves to freedom. Tubman contributed to the Union during the Civil War, and one of her roles was as a spy. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping former slaves and the elderly (Biography). 

Malala Yousafzai. Yousafzai is the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize and has become well known for her documentation found in her diary about life under Taliban rule. “She has become a voice for education and equality for all around the world… and has given a voice to so many who previously had none. She continues to raise awareness on issues like gender equality in education and empowerment for women everywhere, ” Kelsey Holmes, writer for Greenheart. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg “served on the US Supreme Court” and “was the lead counsel for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project,” states Meghan Cook, writer for Business Insider. During her time as a lawyer, “she fought laws that discriminated on the basis of gender. Ginsburg approached the fight for equality with patience and tact.” She was “outspoken and a voice for all women until her death.” 

Susan B. Anthony. Anthony is well known for her leadership in the women’s suffrage movement. She devoted her life to working for women’s rights; she gave speeches, pushed legislation to give women the right to vote, and even attempted to vote when it wasn’t legal for her to do so. Although she passed before the 19th Amendment was created, her efforts contributed to making progress toward women’s rights (National Women’s History Museum). 

Michelle Obama. Obama has continued her efforts to support and inspire young people during her time as First Lady” (Obama Archives). She has launched various initiatives that involve advocating for issues including childhood obesity, ensuring the success of service members, veterans, and their families, ensuring all students complete their education and gain exposure to college and career opportunities, and helping girls around the world go and stay in school. 

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s memorable contributions and achievements throughout history. Through the ongoing struggle for gender equality, these women and many others have contributed significantly to shaping the lives of individuals in various societies. This month is a time to learn about the influential women who have impacted us and to be reminded to create a better future where all women can feel valued and empowered everyday. 

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Carissa Vanzant-Thomas
Carissa Vanzant-Thomas, Columns Editor
Hi! I’m Carissa Vanzant-Thomas, and I’m passionate about wellness and mental health. As the lead editor of the wellness column, I have learned many new things about the importance of self-care and maintaining our mental health. I believe that being a journalist on this topic will help spread awareness of the mental health crisis and hopefully be a great resource to CCHS students. In my free time, I enjoy baking, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends.

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